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New Mexico governor urges calm after violent protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:52
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - New Mexico's governor urged calm on Monday after violent weekend protests over the police shooting of a mentally ill homeless man ended with shots of tear gas into the crowd. Four people were charged with disorderly conduct as a result of the day-long melee on Sunday, during which the online activist hacker group Anonymous also disrupted the police department's website, city spokeswoman Breanna Anderson said. Sunday's scuffles followed a rally to protest what critics call excessive use of lethal force by the Albuquerque police, an issue the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating since 2012. Protesters ended up throwing stones at the police in the rally that seems to have been triggered by the March 16 killing by Albuquerque police of the homeless man, James Boyd.

Jury: White officers falsely arrested black teen

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:50
Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating a black performing arts high school student falsely arrested him but didn't use excessive force, a jury found Monday, awarding him $119,000 in damages.

Shell blast injures 2 avalanche control workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:45
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Two state workers were injured, one seriously, after an avalanche shell exploded Monday while they were trying to fire a round up a steep hillside to clear steep chasms filled with snow and ice near Interstate 70.

Shell blast injures 2 avalanche control workers

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:45
Two state workers were injured, one seriously, after an avalanche shell exploded Monday while they were trying to fire a round up a steep hillside to clear steep chasms filled with snow and ice near Interstate 70.

In ice-damaged towns, a difficult choice on trees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:41

In this Feb. 26, 2014 photo Frank Telewski, professor of plant biology at Michigan State University, measures the branch of a white pine tree that was damaged on the university campus in East Lansing, Mich., during a December 2013 ice storm. Telewski is taking part in a research program designed to help people plant and maintain trees in ways that would make them less vulnerable during storms. (AP Photo/John Flesher)EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A vicious ice storm that made Christmas week a nightmare from the Midwest to Maine shattered hundreds of trees at Michigan State University, where inch-thick layers of ice snapped thick limbs and trunks of stately towers that had stood for generations.


About 25,000 rally in Oklahoma for more school funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:39
About 25,000 teachers, administrators and students rallied at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday, calling for more money for education in the state that ranks among the lowest in per capita spending for students. Funding for public schools has decreased by about $215 million since 2008, although there are 40,000 more public school students, according to the Oklahoma Education Coalition, which helped organize the protest. "When that many people converge at the foot of the Capitol, they cannot ignore our voices," said Sheri Guyse, a volunteer at the rally and mother of two Oklahoma City school children. U.S. government data has shown that Oklahoma ranks among the bottom five states in spending per pupil over the past several years.

Is London really France's 'sixth biggest city'?

BBC World News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:37
Is London really France's 'sixth biggest city'?
Categories: BBC World News

Christie's bridge scandal lawyers to be subpoenaed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:35
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee probing a political payback operation carried out by Gov. Chris Christie's aides and associates plans to subpoena interview transcripts and other documents from the lawyers the governor hired to carry out an internal investigation, the committee co-chairman said Monday.

What freedom looks like to you

BBC World News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:34
What freedom looks like to you
Categories: BBC World News

Mike Montgomery leaving California

WA Huskies - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:31
California coach Mike Montgomery announced his retirement.
Categories: Sports Center

Lawmakers probing why GM employees approved switches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:26

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Ben Klayman, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional probe is focusing on why General Motors Co employees repeatedly approved substandard ignition switches linked to at least 13 fatalities, as the automaker on Monday announced another major recall, this time related to power steering issues. On the eve of a high-profile hearing before a House of Representatives panel, GM said it is recalling more than 1.5 million additional vehicles globally. The Detroit-based automaker says it is taking an aggressive stance on safety issues, after coming under intense criticism for waiting more than a decade to recall millions of cars with potentially faulty ignition switches. On Monday, Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released details of some of the more than 200,000 pages of documents they have received from GM and a federal regulator.


Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:22

FILE - This Dec. 27, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. President Barack Obama is endorsing Schatz in his primary race against Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. That's according to a Democratic National Committee official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about it before Obama's announcement. .(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born.


Senate advances bill to renew jobless benefits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:19

Attendees line up for a job interview at a job fair in WashingtonThe Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans. The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.


Washington State hires Kent as men's basketball coach

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:17
Washington State has hired Ernie Kent as its new men's basketball coach, giving him another shot at leading a Pac-12 Conference program four years after he was let go by Oregon.

No homes fully rebuilt under NYC Sandy program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:14

FILE- In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need. Homeowners who lost everything in the storm are furious with the lack of progress made by the Build-It-Back program, which was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to primarily help New Yorkers repair, rebuild and elevate homes, though some funding was also designated to aid renters and owners of multi-family properties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need.


VIDEO: Batik classes in Java jail

BBC World News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:08
Women inmates in a prison in western Java are earning an income and learning how to support themselves on release by making soft furnishings from discarded pieces of traditional Indonesian batik cloth.
Categories: BBC World News

Congress approves bill to avert Medicare pay cut for doctors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:06
The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval on Monday to legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who participate in the Medicare insurance program for the elderly and disabled. By a vote of 64-35, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, approved last week by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill would give doctors a one-year reprieve from a 24 percent cut set to kick in this week under the Medicare payment formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The payments affect doctors treating patients under Medicare, which pays for healthcare for nearly 51 million people in the United States who are 65 and older or disabled.

White Pass - 3/31/2014 3:50:46 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:05
White Pass US12
3/31/2014 3:50:46 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

White Pass - 3/31/2014 3:50:46 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:05
White Pass US12
3/31/2014 3:50:46 PM

Temperature: 36 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Overcast skies

Satus Pass - 3/31/2014 3:48:20 PM

Satus Pass Report - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:05
Satus Pass US97
3/31/2014 3:48:20 PM

Temperature: 30 °F

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Roadway is bare and dry

Weather:
Clear skies